January 31, 2023

    Acorn Health’s Apprentice Program Supports Individuals Pursuing BCBA Certification

    At Acorn Health, one of the ways we live one of our core values of growth is by supporting our employees in working toward furthering their career in behavior analysis. Acorn Health has recently formalized the process of accruing supervised fieldwork for those seeking board… Read More

    January 16, 2023

    How to Identify a Quality ABA Provider

    If your family is ready to find the best ABA therapy provider to support your child’s learning journey, there are many factors to consider. In this article, we’ve outlined what to look for on the facility’s website, what a conversation should be like with a provider, what to look for when you plan a visit, and more. At Acorn Health, we know that putting your trust in an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy provider is a decision not to be taken lightly. Here are aspects to consider so that you can choose a quality ABA provider that fits your family’s needs. Read More

    January 3, 2023

    Celebrating 2022 — Acorn Health’s Year in Review

    Over the last four years, Acorn Health has been focused on helping children with autism live more meaningful lives and achieve their greatest potential. We are proud to offer hope to families when they are seeking solutions to help their children with autism, and in 2022, we’ve grown exponentially — making it possible to help more families than ever before. Acorn Health is growing in many ways, specifically by expanding our geographic footprint and also by hiring and nurturing our passionate team members. Read More

    December 19, 2022

    6 Tips for Helping Children with Autism Through the Holidays

    Navigating the holiday season can often feel more stressful than peaceful. Families are busy shopping, going to holiday events, and visiting friends and family members between normal daily obligations like work and school. Throw in other holiday traditions like visiting Santa, holiday train rides, and seeing Christmas lights, and the season is packed with potential triggers for children with autism. Not to mention, the hustle and bustle of the season can throw off a child’s everyday schedule, which is important for children with autism to maintain.  As a parent of a child with autism, you can make special memories while still keeping your child comfortable with these tangible tips and methods. Read More

    November 14, 2022

    10 Tips to Help You & Your Child with Autism Enjoy Thanksgiving

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but even with all the enjoyable holiday festivities to look forward to, for many families, it also means navigating all that comes with the holidays that can be overwhelming for a child with autism. Considering all the new aspects involved… Read More

    October 26, 2022

    Halloween Planning for Child with ASD

    Ghouls and goblins may be spooky fun for some — but for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), this time of year can be challenging to navigate. Halloween is a holiday full of sensory overload including scary monster costumes, frightening decorations, elements of surprise and scaring one another during trick-or-treating, as well as dressing up and hiding behind disguises. It’s no wonder that Halloween may not be so happy for some families. There are steps parents can take to help their child navigate the holiday and avoid circumstances that could make them upset or uncomfortable. First, parents should talk about what to expect before going to an event or trick-or-treating. The elements of those traditions can be very confusing to a child with ASD.  Read More

    September 7, 2022

    A Guide to Preventing Wandering in Children with Autism

    What is Wandering? It may be confusing to some why a person may decide to wander away from their home. What we do know is that wandering (also known as eloping) is a complex behavior that is common in individuals with autism. In fact, statistics… Read More

    July 27, 2022

    Acorn Health Achieves Approved Autism Evaluation Center Designation for Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network in Michigan

    When a family has been monitoring a child’s development and is starting to wonder if the child would benefit from an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) evaluation, the team at Acorn Health understands that process isn’t easy to understand, and can take a long time to coordinate. Acorn Health… Read More

    July 21, 2022

    How ABA Therapy Benefits Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Are you wondering if Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy should become a part of your child’s preschool experience this fall? If your child recently received an ASD diagnosis, you are likely inundated with making decisions, and balancing the time of your child between ABA therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and preschool, too! Learning more about the benefits of ABA therapy during preschool can help in that decision-making process. Consulting with your child’s Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or pediatrician can be another helpful perspective to consider when deciding when to begin ABA therapy. Read More

    July 14, 2022

    How Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy Works with Other Therapies for Children with Autism

    When a child participates in applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, they are working toward specific goals, but they are also learning how to learn from their natural environment everyday. ABA therapy teaches them how to positively work with a teacher, sit and wait for instructions, and systems of positive and negative consequences associated with specific behaviors. These learned systems can help them potentially be productive learners in other types of therapy that support what they are learning during ABA therapy. Read More

    July 7, 2022

    Acorn Health is Sprouting Five New Locations Slated to Open in Mid-2022

    Every day, our community continues to uncover more about autism and how to better support families and individuals with autism. ABA therapy remains a constant and effective treatment option to consider, which is why Acorn Health continues to grow and expand across the United States.  As Acorn Health expands, one thing that stays the same is our commitment to the highest quality, most advanced ABA therapy services and practices. All our locations are Behavioral Health Center of Excellence® accredited, which means that every one of our facilities upholds the same, consistent high levels of care for our patients and their caregivers.You can expect streamlined processes, excellent service from our team members, progress measurement and reporting, collaboration with other providers, and a gentle and caring experience that puts your child first. Acorn Health continues to evaluate where ABA services are most needed, and plans to continue its growth trajectory to make it possible for families to receive quality health care, conveniently.  Read More

    June 23, 2022

    Maintaining ABA Therapy Progress Over the Summer Months

    Are you concerned your child has or may drop skills over the summer months? There are signs to look for that could help you identify that happening sooner than later. One of the clearest signs that a skill is regressing is if the child fails to utilize a skill under conditions in which it was previously taught. For example, if a learner was taught to wash their hands after using the bathroom and maintained the skill for several weeks after learning it, but the parent observes them skipping this part of the toileting routine. This is a clear sign the learner might need a few booster teaching sessions. There could be several reasons why this happens. Read More

    June 6, 2022

    Autism & Toilet Training: Tips to Help Parents and Caregivers

    Your child may be exhibiting signs they are ready to be toilet trained, or maybe you are just very eager to ditch the diapers. Toilet training a child requires the right balance between a child’s readiness to learn to use the toilet, and a parent’s readiness to do the training. When a child has autism, toilet training could come with specific challenges. What we know is that all children are different, so whether your child is diagnosed with autism or neurotypical, it’s a complicated process to sign up for. That said, a toilet trained child is quite an accomplishment for themselves and for the parent. Say goodbye to the cost of diapers or pull-ups and improve your child’s confidence in being able to independently use the restroom. It’s worthwhile to begin the process of toilet training once you believe it’s the right time to do so. Read More

    April 14, 2022

    April is Autism Awareness, Acceptance and Advocacy Month

    During Autism Awareness Month, it’s a time to learn more surrounding the benefits of early and proper intervention programs, which have the power to alter the course for children with ASD. The reason that early intervention is so important is due to neuroplasticity, which generally refers to how someone’s brain can adapt and learn due to experience. Read More

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